Posted On: February 25, 2006

Car Accidents

Although some car collisions can be easily dealt with without the help of a car accident attorney, it is advisable that you consult with a personal injury lawyer when you have been in a car crash where you or someone you love has been seriously injured.

Chicago car accident law firm Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, has successfully dealt with thousands of car accident cases that have taken places on Illinois's busy roads and freeways—particularly throughout the Chicago area. We will thoroughly investigate your accident, gather evidence to prove your claim, get respected experts to serve as witnesses for you, and provide you with the names of medical specialists. Mr. Klest can also represent you in motor vehicle collision cases involving serious property damage.

What To Do After You Have Been in a Car Accident
Do NOT give a statement to the insurance company of the party that caused your accident until you speak with a personal injury lawyer first. Many insurance companies will try to get you to agree to a settlement amount right away without conducting a more thorough investigation.

An experienced car injury attorney can protect your rights, make sure that you do not damage or prejudice your injury claim by making the wrong kinds of statements, conduct a complete investigation on your behalf, and hire medical experts to examine your injuries to determine your immediate and long-term recovery care and expenses.

Medical treatment and rehabilitation for spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, severe burns, severed limbs, fractures, broken bones, and disfigurements are extremely costly. Chicago Injury Attorney Klest can make sure that these expenses are taken into consideration when working out a settlement with the liable party on your behalf.

Car Accident Claims
Automobile claims can be fairly complicated to prove, which is why you need to hire a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in successfully dealing with car crash cases. While the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Illinois is two years, some kinds of kinds of car accidents have shorter deadlines for a plaintiff to file a case.

Your car accident case might also involve a products liability claim if the vehicle that caused your injury was defective—as is often the case with SUV rollovers, defective airbags, and seatback collapses that could have been prevented by the manufacturer. It is important to get a personal injury lawyer immediately involved in your case so that the evidence of the product defect is preserved and investigated.

There may be multiple and hidden liable parties, such as more than one negligent motor vehicle driver, that can be held liable for your injuries, pain, and suffering. If a negligent driver killed your son, daughter, husband, wife, mother, or father, filing a wrongful death lawsuit will allow you to demand financial recovery for your loss.

Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law is Ready to Help You
Although you won't always need to hire a personal injury attorney right away, you must get legal advice immediately. Mr. Klest offers a free initial consultation to all potential clients. He would be happy to give you advice about what he thinks you should do.

We have law offices in Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois, and we represent injury victims from cities throughout Will County, Lake County, Cook County, and DuPage County, and the rest of Illinois. If it is more convenient for you that we meet closer to your home or hospital, we will travel.

Call Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, at (312) 527-2779, (630) 529-7848 or (847) 969-9510 for your FREE consultation or contact us online.

Posted On: February 17, 2006

Childhood Sexual Abuse

Sexually abusing a child is an insidious act that can affect an abuse victim mentally, emotionally, and physically for the rest of his or her life. Often, these incidents go unreported for years because a child is too ashamed to report the incident(s) or has blocked out what happened. It can be years before he or she remembers the abuse.

Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Joseph Klest is nationally recognized for his work helping victims of child sexual abuse obtain compensation for the injuries they have sustained from being sexually abused as children. He has represented over a hundred child sex abuse victims and counseled hundreds of people that have suffered because they were abused by a family member, a stranger, a family friend, a priest, a teacher, a counselor, or another trusted adult in Chicago, in cities throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Will County, and Lake County, or elsewhere in Illinois and the United States. Mr. Klest is a member of the Trial Lawyers of America-Childhood Sexual Abuse Litigation Group and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Attorney Joseph Klest represents childhood sexual abuse clients who wish to file a personal injury lawsuit because have experienced at least one of the following:

Sexual Abuse by a Family Member
Sexual Abuse by Clergy
Sexual Abuse by a Teacher or Coach

Illinois's 2003 Child Protection Act
Mr. Klest is a fierce advocate of the right of sex abuse victims to receive compensation. He is the coauthor of Illinois's 2003 Child Protection Act, which extended the statute of limitations for victims to file personal injury lawsuits against their sexual abusers. Under the revised act, children and adults that were sexually abused as children have 10 years from the time they turned 18 or within 5 years from the time that they realized that their injuries were caused by sexual abuse to file a lawsuit.

Sex Abuse Injuries and Damages

Mr. Klest is a child sexual abuse lawyer who is sensitive to the physical, psychological, and emotional injuries that can be sustained by sex abuse victims. Vaginal, cervical or anal injuries, STD's, bite marks, scratches, and lesions are among the injuries that can be sustained by someone who was sexually abused, sexually assaulted, raped, molested, or forced into child prostitution or pornography.

Loss of trust, sexual problems, depression, problems forming intimate relationships, prostitution, promiscuity, eating disorders, alcoholism, drug abuse, suicide, and post-traumatic stress disorder are some of the mental and emotional injuries that can affect a person because he or she was sexually abused as a child.

An adult that was sexually abused as a child may end up spending thousands of dollars on years of therapy and other forms of counseling to heal themselves. If you or someone you love was sexually abused as a child, you have a right to sue your abuser for personal injury compensation.

Compassionate and Confidential Legal Representation
Attorney Klest knows that sex abuse is very sensitive matter, and he will represent you and your case with compassion and with the utmost confidentiality. He will work hard to help you obtain the maximum recovery possible for your injuries.

To schedule your free consultation with Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, contact us online or call (312) 527-2779, (630) 529-7843, or (847) 969-9510. You will only pay for our services if we obtain your recovery. We have law offices in Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois.

Posted On: February 10, 2006

Legal Malpractice/Failure to File

Your attorney has a responsibility to fulfill his or her legal obligation to you by providing competent legal representation and advice. When your lawyer acts negligently while attempting to fulfill these obligations to you and your legal case suffers as a result, you could have grounds to file a legal malpractice claim against him or her.

Unless you yourself are an attorney, it can be very difficult for you to prove that you have been the victim of legal malpractice. Attorney Joseph Klest is a personal injury attorney in the Chicago area that has a thorough understanding of the ethics and responsibilities of attorneys in all areas of law. He can determine whether your lawyer's actions (or inaction) caused you injury by damaging your case, and he can file a legal malpractice claim or lawsuit on your behalf.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty
It is a lawyer's fiduciary duty to offer clients proper advice and representation at a reasonable cost. Your attorney should not only advise you of your legal options, but he or she needs to inform you of what the potential outcomes and consequences might be if you choose one option over the other. A lawyer also has to handle your case in a way that doesn't cause measurable damage.

If an attorney does not have the skills and experience to provide you with proper representation or if there is a conflict of interest, he or she must let you know immediately. Failure to provide a legal client with proper advice or representation is a breach of fiduciary duty and grounds for legal malpractice.

Failure to File
Once a lawyer agrees to represent you, it is his or her responsibility to manage and meet deadlines, including any statute of limitations for your case. Failure to file a lawsuit after such a deadline, filing your lawsuit at the wrong courthouse, submitting incomplete legal paperwork, and not naming a key defendant in a lawsuit can cause injury and damage to you by eliminating your opportunity to obtain the legal remedy that you are seeking.

Attorney Klest is known throughout the Chicago area and among his peers for his honesty, ethics, and commitment to making sure that his clients are properly represented. He has successfully handled many legal malpractice cases over the years for clients that felt it was necessary to file a claim or a lawsuit against negligent attorneys. He understands the legal issues involved, and he will zealously pursue your recovery for you.

For more than 25 years, Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law has successfully represented thousands of clients in cities and neighborhoods throughout Will County, Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and in other counties across Illinois in all areas of personal injury law.

To schedule your free consultation with Attorney Klest, call our law offices in Chicago or Schaumburg, Illinois at (312) 527-2779, (630) 529-7848, or (847) 969-9510 or contact us online.

Posted On: February 4, 2006

Product Liability

It is the legal responsibility of a manufacturer and the seller of a product to ensure that a product is not defective or dangerous to users in any way. Companies have to provide proper warning if any part of a product is unsafe or if using it in a certain way can prove hazardous to a person's health or physical safety. If you were injured because a product that you were using or were exposed to was defective or the manufacturer failed to let you know that there was a danger involved in using the product, you could have grounds to file a products lawsuit against any negligent parties.

Chicago Injury Attorney Joseph Klest is a well-respected lawyer who has successfully represented many victims that were injured or lost loved ones because of dangerous or defective products. He represents clients and their families throughout Illinois, including injury victims from Will County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Cook County. He and his team of products liability attorneys will develop creative solutions to your case and zealously pursue your recovery to get you the compensation that you deserve.

Grounds for Products Liability Cases in Illinois
In Illinois, an injured person or the family of a person that died because of a defective product can file a products liability claim if he or she can prove that the product was already dangerous when it left the manufacturer's control—even if the manufacturer followed the correct steps to ensure the product was safe for use—and there was no warning to indicate the risk of unreasonable danger.

The word "products" in the phrase "products liability" can refer to all kinds of goods used by consumers, including the following:

* Motor vehicles and their parts
* Food/Drugs
* Medical Devices
* Machinery
* Tobacco
* Firearms
* Household products
* Toys
* Clothing
* Household appliances
* Computers
* Cell phones
* Electronic equipment
* Toxic chemicals, such as pesticides
* Fireworks
* Industrial equipment

Mr. Klest has succeeded in securing substantial settlements for products liability cases that other attorneys had turned down because they had categorized the cases as "hopeless." He is well-respected by his peers and is known for his ethics, commitment to his clients, and ability to obtain successful results. In the event that your case must go to trial, Mr. Klest is an experienced litigator who has successfully represented thousands of clients in front of Chicago juries.

To schedule your free consultation with Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, call (312) 527-2779, (630) 529-7848, (847) 969-9510, or contact us online. Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, has law offices in Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois. Mr. Klest is also happy to meet with you outside his offices.

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